Donald Runnicles will quit festival in support of sacked musicians

The veteran Scottish conductor has said he will not return to the rocky Grand Teton Music Festival unless its management reinstates the three musicians it sacked this month.

Runnicles has written to the festival’s executive committee and board of directors saying that unless there is ‘an imminent resolution of the dismissal of Kristen Linfante, Jennifer Ross and Juan de Gomar, ‘it is well nigh impossible for me to imagine my role at the helm of the 2020 Grand Teton Music Festival.’

The Festival had claimed it sacked the musicians for ‘disruptive’ conduct.